2014 was no 2013 in respect to the albums that were released. I don’t know if there are many other years that had as many amazing albums released as 2013 did. 2015 showed a bit more promise, leaving me a little more excited about writing this post about my favourite albums of 2015. Like last year and the year before I’ll be talking a bit about each album and posting a song to accompany the album, for those who have never listened to each respective album. This year sees an increase in bands which were given to me for review who I had never previously heard of. Almost half of the list as well as some honourable mentions have that in common, which makes this year’s Top 10 different from last year and completely different from the year before that. Continue reading
If there’s one type of music I haven’t been able to get enough of, it’s southern rock. That and Country rock have taken up a lot of what I’ve listened to on my spare time the past month, so I was pleased when I saw the next band on my list was one that could fit in to those categories. Blitzen Trapper have been around for about fifteen years and have a good number of albums under their belt. Their eighth and latest being All Across This Land.
It was a couple of years ago that I was given The Bloody Nerve‘s first three song EP for review. After reviewing that EP, which goes by the title Red (you can read that review here) I managed to become good friends with the Nashville duo. It’s the worst mistake as a critic to admit that but they are friends in the best possible way because they still expect nothing but honesty, which I was while reviewing their follow up EP Blue (you can read that review here) which I didn’t find as good as its predecessor. Now after some anticipation, Stacey Blood, Laurie Ann Layne and company are set to release their first full length album Taste.
I recently had a discussion with a former Juno Award winning guitarist about starting bands. I wasn’t trying to start a band with him, but rather the discussion was in general about starting bands. His advice was that it’s such a pain in the ass, you may as well write and record your own stuff because it’s so hard to have the right guys come along. That must have been the mindset for Sean Malkasian who singlehandedly recorded his entire Malkasian in a bedroom.
A little over a year ago I was introduced to Turk Tresize and his unique blend of soul, blues, rock and roots . His debut album Soul Casino was at the time the most diverse independent album I’d ever been given for review and still remains one of them today. You can read my review and listen to some tracks on it here. I was excited to be asked to review his soon to be released second album If It Is To Be as I was curious if Turk would decide to change things up.
Here’s an opinion you could disagree with but it wouldn’t matter to me anyway, Mumford & Sons‘ first two albums sound almost identical to one another. That’s not to say they’re not good, in fact I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else after I heard Little Lion Man, but it didn’t take long for me to find the Sigh No More album underwhelming when listening to it from beginning to end. So much so that I was reluctant to bother getting Babel. But I did, and it did prove to be a little better but hardly anything new. It has a few more standout tracks to it and showed some maturity, but the band was living off their own old tricks. I mean who isn’t tired of I Will Wait? So despite the mixed reaction towards Mumford & Sons drastic change of direction with their recently released third album Wilder Mind, I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Mat Dauzat and Heather St. Marie may have only just recently released their debut EP Falling Again (under the name Dauzat St. Marie) but they aren’t new to the music scene. They stem from their alternative metal band Hydrovibe, best known for their song Killer Inside from the Saw III soundtrack. However, Dauzat St. Marie couldn’t be any more opposite from Hydrovibe. Now simply a singer/songwriting folk rock duo, Mat Dauzat and Heather St. Marie show they are much more than simply followers of common rock trends. Continue reading